The Orpheum Theatre, supported by the Memphis Development Foundation, provides quality, diverse entertainment and education programming to the Memphis region while preserving and improving the historic Orpheum Theatre and its role in downtown Memphis development.
With the support of more than 600 volunteers, The Orpheum affects the lives of over 300,000 Mid-South patrons each year, including 70,000 students, teachers and families taking part in Community and Education Programs that make the Theatre more accessible to constituents in the tri-state area of Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Broadway Series & Concerts
The Orpheum has been the Mid-South home of touring Broadway productions since 1977. In addition to the Broadway Series, the Theatre also hosts performances by Opera Memphis and Ballet Memphis, various concerts, urban theatre, and local cultural and community events such as Memphis in May and the International Blues Challenge. These performances bring hundreds of thousands of patrons downtown each year and are an integral component of the continued revitalization of downtown Memphis.
Since it first opened in 1928, the Orpheum has dazzled patrons with its artisan millwork, gilding, original fixtures, and architectural beauty. Under the leadership of the Memphis Development Foundation, the Orpheum was one of the first buildings in Memphis placed on the National Historic Register. With annual maintenance expenses of over $650,000, in the last 35 years the Orpheum has undergone $15 million in renovation and improvements that have made it a world-class performing arts facility while preserving the historical and architectural integrity of the vaudeville palace.
Community & Education Programs
The Orpheum relies on partnerships with corporations and individuals in the community to make the Theatre more accessible to Mid-Southerners, including populations with low to moderate incomes. These theatre and literacy-based programs reach over 70,000 students and families annually, making high-quality arts programming available to all members of the community regardless of their ability to pay. Designed to be representative of our community’s demographics and develop future audiences, these programs use theatre and literary arts to develop basic learning skills, discipline, self-esteem, and to cultivate the whole person by developing intuition, reasoning and imagination. Programs include Broadway Workshops, Family Series, Field Trips, the High School Musical Theatre Awards and many more.